Hi, Newbie here needs some help from the wise!

After knitting scarves for seven years, this winter I’m diving into the world of everything else. Currently, on my fourth hat and needing some help. I’m wokring with a medium weight, worsted organic cotton on size seven circular needles. I cast on 80 sts and worked a ribbed patter of k2 p2 for the entire hat. This is the first time I did an entire hat with some purls. ( I wanted the practice!) Now I don’t know how to do the decrease with the purls in there while keeping the pattern image. Any help would be very very appreciated!! Thanks in advance, Angela from Northern California

What I would do is k2, p2tog, k2, p2, repeat, just decreasing on the purl rib for now. Then the next round would be k2, p1, k2, p2, repeat. The next dec round would dec on the other set of p sts - k2, p1, k2, p2tog, etc. Then you’d have k2, p1, all the way around. Then you can dec on the knit sts, k2, p1, k2tog, p1, etc, followed by a round of k2, p1, k1, p1, and dec the final k2 sts the next dec round and you’d be down to k1, p1. Then you can just k2 tog the next couple rounds and forget the rib at that point.

Thank you VERY much suzeeq! I am still getting the hang of the complex world of knitting. Knitting has its own theories and language. I appreciate this forum, website and all knitters out there willing to help those who need it. I’m going to go finish my hat now. :slight_smile: